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Idiosyncrasies: of Anti-Semitism

Jan Plug

in Language Without Soil

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231263
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235360 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823231263.003.0005
Idiosyncrasies: of             Anti-Semitism

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This chapter discusses and revisits the question of anti-Semitism as it emerges especially in the Dialectic of Enlightenment. Dialectic of Enlightenment, then, articulates the history of figuration in which domination takes place, tracing the politicoeconomic forces of fascism and capitalism to a mode of representation that is the condition for their emergence as historical possibilities in the first place. The case of anti-Semitism is exemplary in this history and in the dialectic of individuals and social and cultural forces. As Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno explain, anti-Semitism condemns individuals as Jews, in effect denying them their individuality, and yet condemns Jews because of their individuality or particularity. The potential for freedom from anti-Semitism thus lies in a strategic deployment of the position of this particularity.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; history; domination; fascism; capitalism; Max Horkheimer; Theodor W. Adorno; Jews; freedom

Chapter.  10349 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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